Derek Cooke jr.

What does being black mean to you?

Being a black man means you have to learn how unfair the world is just to become apart of it. The question is too broad but it doesn’t have to be all negative. Being black simply means you’re raised in a world that hates you yet loves all that you create. 


What’s your earliest memory of experiencing racial injustice? 

I was about 5/6 when I was first put in handcuffs. I was in the wrong but a kid shouldn’t know what handcuffs feel like before he even knows what racial injustice is.


How did you move passed it? And what’s your why to keep going?

I learned it was just the way the world works and there’s not much I can do about it. So you adjust your behavior and learn to avoid cops at all cost.


What’s a beautiful moment that you’ve witnessed during the protest? 

People of all backgrounds and demographics not only coming together but realizing just how corrupt the system designed before 2020 could be conceptualized is.


Who is someone that has helped support you to get you to where you are today? 

My mother 





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